Bernborough Ascot community redefines retirement living


The arrival of the much-anticipated second building in Keyton’s Bernborough Ascot retirement community in Brisbane is well and truly underway and has topped out with the roof slab now complete. The appointment of new builder Balmain & Co ensures the completion of Poinciana House is on track for early 2025.

Part of the nation’s first vertical retirement community built within a racecourse precinct; Poinciana House is already 50 per cent sold. Interest remains extremely high, driven predominantly by the village’s Ascot location, resort-style amenities, community and services attracting those seeking premium retirement living.

Poinciana House, with 53 architecturally designed independent living apartments, adds to the already completed and sold-out Fig Tree House at Bernborough Ascot. Its popularity reflects an increasing interest in premium retirement living, especially as the nation’s over-55* population continues to grow, and more retirees choose to relocate to inner city Brisbane.

Keyton Chief Executive Officer Nathan Cockerill said Bernborough Ascot redefines the concept of vertical senior living.

“It’s a more connected community, focusing on a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle in a luxurious setting,” Mr Cockerill said.

For residents, Poinciana House will deliver 53 architecturally designed independent living apartments, featuring a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes. The contemporary apartments seamlessly integrate luxury style and premium craftsmanship, setting them apart in the market.

Poinciana House will introduce a range of additional resort-style amenities to support our approach to residents’ health and wellbeing, including a private rooftop terrace with spectacular city views, a restaurant, and an outdoor entertaining area.

A pool, gym, fitness studio, and consulting rooms with a variety of allied health services support our resident wellness program. These amenities complement the existing facilities: a trackside master’s lounge with a café and bar, a garden-facing art studio, library, and private theatre.

Mr Cockerill said Keyton’s commitment to enhancing resident wellbeing has seen health and wellbeing coordinators embedded in numerous villages right across Keyton’s portfolio, including Bernborough Ascot. Together with residents, they will design a holistic wellbeing program catering to diverse needs.

“The wellbeing program is a holistic approach to health and happiness, ensuring residents have access to a program that empowers them to live their best life in our vibrant community,” he said.

“The lifestyle on offer at Bernborough Ascot promotes a deep sense of community with a focus on safety, security, and wellbeing. Current residents already enjoy extensive social opportunities within a lively community.”

The $270 million Bernborough Ascot retirement community forms part of Brisbane Racing Club’s $1.5 billion masterplan, which is transforming the Doomben and Eagle Farm areas.

This retirement community continues to set Australian benchmarks and was one of the first in the country to achieve a 6-Star Green Star sustainability rating.

For Mr Cockerill, the six star rating reflects Keyton’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, ensuring every community responds to its local environment and brings people together in ways that strengthen their sense of community belonging and pride. “With more Australians recognising the value of living in a sustainable home and community, demand is growing for retirement living options that deliver greater resilience, efficiencies and value for residents while at the same time protecting the environment for future generations.

“Our focus on innovation and sustainability reflects Keyton’s 30-year commitment to constantly evolve our properties while continuing to create connected, diverse retirement communities offering superior lifestyle opportunities in more than 75 of Australia’s favourite locations,” Mr. Cockerill said.

“We are committed to delivering an exceptional community that residents are proud to be part of and look forward to continuing to partner together to achieve this.”


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